Reports and results week ending 31st July 2011
Hethersett v Ipswich
South - East Division 1
Event: 31st July 2011
Report: Sharon Stant
Ipswich made the short journey up the A45 to Hethersett for this fixture in good spirit despite their recent setback at Sandwell the week before and without Richard Williamson who was rushed to hospital A& E in the early hours of Saturday morning complaining of stomach pains, meaning that he also missed the Open Club Championships at Sheffield.
This allowed the ever green Barry Copping to step in for a rare division one ride for his club having been restricted mainly to division two racing this season and how did he take his chance, recording a fine 20 point haul from reserve and from grid four on each occasion, showing he has not lose any of his gating ability and was greeted by all his team mates at the pit gates after heat eighteen saw him score his maximum.
Not to be out done the young Ashley Hill secure a paid 15+3, overall a great team performance by the Ipswich riders who rode to instructions. The pick of the Hethersett team was Phil Adams and if he hadn't been unlucky to have thrown his chain in his first heat would have surely also scored a 20 point max but still went on to notch 16 points, he was well supported by the ever improving Oli Buxton who scored a creditable 14 points .
Ipswich took control of the match straight from the off and showing no mercy to their opponents, claiming five 7-3's before the break leaving an half-time score 34 - 55 , Hethersett did enjoy some success after the break in heats 12, 13 and 16 recording two 6-4 and a 6-3 win but it was left for the man of the moment in the last heat and after being called back for a fourth time Barry Copping powered out of grid four like a man on a mission determined not to have his max taken away from him.
Hethersett 72: Phil Adams 16, Oli Buxton 14, Scott Grimes 11, Calvin Grimes 8, Dave Chambers 8, Dave Martin 7, Roger Carter 6, Axel Johnson 4.
Ipswich 105: Barry Copping 20, Ashley Hill 15, Josh Brooke 14, Jamie Chittock 13, George Solomon 13, Jordan Stant 13, Daniel Pike 13, Leon Mower 4.
Referee - Dave Hill
The South East U16's champions went into this match seeking their fourteen win in a row at this level, this promise to be a different affair to when these two teams last meet when Hethersett could only field two riders and found themsleves borrowing some riders from their opponents to make more of a match.
It was good to see some new faces and one old face in Axel Johnson, for the home side Oli Buxton continued from the first match and was well worth his 14 points and well supported from Scott Grimes (16) and Axel Johnson (13) but unfortunately couldn't be supported by their lower end, this reflected in the Ipswich scoring with the top six all scoring double figures.
Top scorers for the away team the ever impressive Richard Fellgett and Lewis Roberts both on 17+2, a fine performance also came from young Ben Harvey scoring 11+3 and will learn a lot from this meeting all this was backed up by solids displays from Matt Hill (16), Mr Reliable Daniel Knights (14) and Fraser Harris (12 points).
Hethersett 69: Scott Grimes 16, Katie Adams 7, Axel Johnson 13, Troy Bunn 5, Oli Buxton 14, Richard Wiltshire 8.
Ipswich 91: Richard Fellgett 17, Fraser Harris 12, Daniel Knights 14, Ben Harvey 11, Matt Hill 16, Lewis Roberts 17, Alex Harvey 4, Ashley Hill dnr.
Referee: David Adams
South West League Round-Up
Events: 31st July 2011
Report: Graham Sutton
Photo: Poole on their way to victory over Horspath
It was a good day for the two Welsh clubs who both picked up league points away from home to underline their title aspirations. Newport found themselves 19 ahead at the interval at Winchester Road where the top Saint's Rob Haywood and Tom Colling suffered tapes exclusions early on. The home side left themselves with far too much to do but did pull back 10 points after the break.
Hellingly missed the services of Jesse Moore and only just clung on against an experienced looking Exeter team who were missing Dom McCrae and Tom Reed but tracked Andy Yard and Rob Geech. Fortunately the Hollebon brothers were in tip-top form for the Lions and a healthy crowd was able to cheer a home victory.
By their own admission, Swindon did not really come to the races against East Newport with their top men Sean Rudman and Danny Harper both having off-days. The Welsh side took full advantage and gave their spearhead Ben Mould good backing including Ethan Greenslade and Jason Cutler who both lined up against their home town club!
Top of the table Horspath came to Harbourside with a patched up side and paid the price as the reigning league champions had a field day with Steve Harris the only obstacle between Poole and a cricket score. Harris dropped his only point to Arron Morgan in heat 13 when the young Poole star caught him knapping as he sped though in the best race of the day.
Southampton 84: Tom Colling 18 Rob Haywood 17 Colin Wheeler 16 Hayden Chant 10 Josh Robertson 8 Pete Chant 8 Alex Matthews 5 Ethan Day-Lewis 1
Newport 93: Mark Carmichael 16 Ollie Sidwick 15 Lee Tippins 14 Chris Davies 14 Dave Murphy 10 Jack Harrold 9 Colin Simmons 9 Joe Lewis 6
Hellingly 90: Martin Hollebon 20 Neil Hollebon 18 Dave Bonniface 15 Zac Parsons 14 Ben Granville 10 Steven Archer 9 Tristian Bassett 3 Rich Ball 1
Exeter 88: Mark Reed 17 Andy Yard 16 Craig Nethercott 13 Rob Geech 13 Andy Collett 8 Dan Winchester 8 Lauren Hookway 3.
Swindon 85: Rob Hunt 17 Andy Hill 16 Sean Rudman 13 Daniel Sinclair 10 Danny Harper 9 Paul Matthews 9 Rob Harper 6 Martin Glover 5
East Newport 93: Ben Mould 19 Neil Power 15 Aaron Hughes 15 Matt Davies 12 Dan Bock 12 Correy Burnell-Jones 12 Ethan Greenslade 6 Jason Cutler 2
Poole 105: Arron Morgan 18 Matt Mildon 17 Greg Gluchowski 16 Chris Shylock 13 Sam Hearn 12 Ben Donohue 12 Arron Smith 9 Wil Bristowe 8
Horspath 74: Steve Harris 21 Zac Payne 13 Wayne Clark 11 Lee Clark 10 Jordan Richardson 9 Jake Neighbour 4 Livvy Horsley 3 George Horsley 2
Sandwell v Stoke
Event: 31st July 2011
Report: Roger Beamen
If the sun keeps shining in Sandwell on Sundays the Lions will have to change their name to the sunny Sandwell Lions.
The sun may have come out but the Stoke went home with the points, with Sandwell four points up after 4 heats a home win looked on the cards, but by the interval the points were level. The Lions went one up in the first heat after the break only to then slip a point behind in the next heat whislt slowly Stoke moved on to win by nine points.
Ricki Johnson was top Lions scorer, out pointing both Scott Millward and Lee Smith, while Errol Thaw, Lewis Bates and his brother Leighton and Richard Harrison always looked able to step up a gear when needed. Referee Roger Dainty had a busy afternoon, excluding Matt Smith, twice for moving at the tapes, Simon Mundon for the same offence, also Scott Millward for crossing the inside line, and poor Steve Brookes for a fall, which caused the race to be stop.
Steve's fall was very heavy, and looked painful, but after a few minutes he was up, and had a big smile on his face, in pain or not he still rode in one more race.
Matt Smith is a rider with so much talent, but he must start to control his temper, because this lets him down, and then affects his riding and continues to get on the wrong side of referees.
Sandwell 83: Ricki Johnson 16, Scott Millward 15, Lee Smith 15+3, Luke
Brookes 10+1, Harley Grosvenor 9, Steve Brookes 7, Matt
Smith 7, Dan Forbes 4+1
Stoke 92: Errol Thaw 18+1, Lewis Bates 17+1, Leighton Bates 15+1,
Richard Harrison 13, Simon Mundon 12+1, Adam Ellis 10+1,
Jaden Phillips 4, Cameron Whalley 3.
Sandwell II 71: Dan Forbes 14+1, Ricki Johnson 14, Jim Palmer 12+1,
Luke Brookes 9+2, Ryan Guest 9+2, Harley Grosvenor 7+3,
Brandon Taylor 6.
Stoke II 59: Simon Mundon 16, Lewis Bates 15, Ruben Pope 8, Tom Whalley
8+1, Cameron Whalley 7, Jaden Phillips 5+1.
East London v Norwich
Event: 31st July
Report and images: Brian Barnett
On a warm and sunny afternoon, Norwich were the visitors to East London.
Norwich were the stonger side, however East London put up a strong fight never giving up the challenge.
The real excitement came in race 15, with East London's Nick Gunkel and Norwich's Dan Chambers involved in a nasty crash. With both riders only suffering cuts and bruises, Nick Gunkel's helmet was damaged with Dan Chambers suffering a damaged wheel.
The match proved to be an entertaining match, enjoyed by all.
East London 74: D Hubble 12, N Lester 14, N Gunkel 10, K Smith 7, L Stevens 5, S Woodroof 17, D Hughes 6, N Stevens 3.
Norwich 106: L Grange 18, J Colby 11, I Grange 10, A Parkins 12, L Cossey 13, D Chambers 15, J Wakefield 13, O Riley 14.
Leicester v Wednesfield
Event: 31st July 2011
Report: Tim Jarvis
A highly competitive meeting ridden in good spirit by two evenly matched sides in front of over 100 people - not a bad figure for a regional fixture!
The home side started well with a 6-4 from Carl Jarvis and Mick Skinner over Chris Jewkes and the impressive Matt Haddock. Lukas Nowacki took his first of four wins in the next and an early two point lead was established. Craig Marchant took heat three but Burns fell and was unable to complete the race, allowing Lee Aris and Tony De Leon to cruise home for a 5-4 advantage and reduce the deficit to a single point.
After a couple of drawn heats the Aces further extended their lead, Marchant finishing at the back in the sixth after a challenge on Mark Griffths went wrong and Jarvis hitting the deck in the seventh after coming off worse against Lee Aris. Nerves were then settled a little with successive 6-4's from Nowacki/Hoyland and Whitehead/Burns to give the Monarchs a single point lead entering the interval.
The home riders seemed to wake up tactically in the second half, keeping an Aces rider in fourth place in seven of the nine races, and wrapping up the match in the penultimate heat.
Lee Aris ruined Nowacki's maximum hopes in the last with a tapes to flag win, as expected Aris, together with Griffiths and Jewkes were always a handful but comeback man Nick Perry was also well on the pace and scored some good points.
Leicester made some school boy errors early on but came good in the end with some unselfish team riding, but it was not their best ever display.
Leicester 91: L Nowacki 19, C Jarvis 13, C Marchant 13, M Skinner 12+1, R Hoyland 11+1, N Whitehead 9+1, K Burns 9, A Doughty 6+1.
Wednesfield 88: L Aris 17+1, C Jewkes 16+1, M Griffiths 16+1, N perry 14, T DeLeon 10, M Haddock 7+1, M Aris 5, S Mullinder 3.
A combination team that includes Norm Venson, Charlie Cooper and Joe Kemp is always going to be a tough nut to crack but the Aces battled hard, generally for the minor positions, the Troy Allen/Sam Parr pairing looking particularly impressive.
Monarchs 74: J Kemp 11+1, C Cooper 10+2, lauren Davies 10, Liam Davies 10+1, L Whitehead 9+2, N Venson 8, L Kemp 6.
Wednesfield 55: S Parr 14, T Allen 11+1, J Holdcroft 11, R Brindley 10, H Everiss 4, A O'Brien 3, S Baugh 2.
Lions 57: B Rewcastel 12, C Pole 11, L Wood 10.
Wednesfield 73: H Everiss 18, T Allen 11+1, S Baugh 11.